Unnoticed Signs of Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease affects more than half of Americans over the age of thirty-five, but most of them are unaware they have anything wrong with their gums. Early signs of periodontal disease are easy to miss, but missing this chronic, progressive infection can have disastrous consequences for your smile. Although periodontal disease often starts as simple gum inflammation, it can end with widespread tooth and bone loss.

Our Los Angeles periodontics expert will examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease at each checkup, but recognizing the signs at home is just as important and can help you get treatment sooner, before the condition has a chance to progress. Symptoms can include redness, inflamed gums, swelling, pain, tenderness, bleeding gums, bad breath, or a bad taste in the mouth. As the condition progresses, teeth may shift, gaps can develop, and you may notice a difference in the way your teeth fit together. The gums may look as though they are pulling away from teeth. Your teeth may look longer, or the roots may be visible. You may have heavy plaque or tartar buildup, and pus might be visible at the gum line.

These are serious symptoms that need to be addressed as soon as possible. A deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar buildup along the gum line and creates a healthier oral environment will typically be needed. If the infection has progressed, you might also need surgery. Call our office today to learn more about periodontal disease symptoms or to schedule an appointment with our team.

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Unnoticed Signs of Periodontal Disease

How is Gum Disease Treated?

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Gum disease begins at home through negligence. Reversing the trend involves lifestyle changes, and good faith with your dentist. Gum disease can wreck your mouth and your quality of life, but only if you let it.

You can minimize early stages of gum disease by stepping up your brushing and flossing, and by adding an extra line of defense like an anti-microbial rinse. Early signs may include slight bleeding while brushing or flossing, or some gum recession causing your teeth to appear longer. While gum recession sounds bad, it’s a process your dentist can reverse with enough notice.

Your dentist cleans your teeth with both ultrasonic equipment and hand instruments. If your gum disease has advanced to middle stages, they may perform scaling and root planing. In this non-surgical, local-anesthetic procedure, our expert in periodontal treatments in Los Angeles removes the tartar deposits from below the gum line, and etches the root surfaces to make them less receptive to bacteria.

The most progressed, serious kinds of gum disease may merit surgical treatment. If periodontal pockets develop, the gums need to be refitted around the teeth. If bone loss has occurred, you may need bone grafting or tissue engineering.

Our dentists in Los Angeles can help you get out of gum disease. Call for more information.

How is Gum Disease Treated?

Different Periodontal Surgeries

group of students at schoolPeriodontitis, or gum disease, is a serious inflammatory condition that affects the gums and other tissues that support the teeth. It is chronic and progressive, meaning that without treatment, you could lose your teeth. Our dentist offers different periodontal surgeries to treat advanced periodontal disease and improve your gum health.

Nonsurgical periodontal surgeries are typically used first. These include deep cleaning procedures, antimicrobial therapies, and laser treatments. If nonsurgical therapies do not provide sufficient relief, surgical treatments will be considered. These can include:

• Gum graft surgery to restore lost gum tissue
• Pocket reduction therapy to tighten gum tissue around the teeth
• Regenerative procedures to stimulate new bone growth
• Dental implants to replace lost teeth

Cosmetic periodontal surgery is also available. These procedures are typically used to treat gummy smiles. Our dentist can remove excess gum tissue to expose more of the natural crown.

Regardless of the periodontal treatments we recommend, your gum health will be maximized through the use of good dental hygiene at home. Brush and floss as directed, and visit us for periodontal maintenance treatments on your recommended schedule. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Santa Clara.

Different Periodontal Surgeries